Description & Technical information

According to Zervos, the recto can be dated 1902-1903. It is indeed linked to drawings executed in Paris in the autumn of 1902. Without any means left, Picasso had to leave Barcelona to renew contact with Parisian art dealers such as Berthe Weill, Vollard and Durand-Ruel. A
drawing, Femme debout, dated from the same period by Zervos, seems to represent the same model, with a more shaded body, in accordance with the tragic atmosphere of the blue period. The verso, probably executed in front of the model according to the numerous retouchings, seems to be a prelude to the watercolour "Les Deux Amies", realized in Paris in the autumn of 1904 (Zervos, XXII, 63).

Annotated on the back: 39Z vd 6/455, 1907


Date:  Circa 1902-1903
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Pencil and red pencil on paper
Dimensions: 15.7 x 24 cm (6¹/₈ x 9¹/₂ inches)
Literature: Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Vol.6, Cahiers d'Art Editions, Paris, 1949, reproduced under the n°455 p.56 and under the n°579 p.71. (By mistake in Zervos' catalogue, the double sided drawings are reproduced each under two distinct references).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints